Yearning for more in-person connection, many homeowners are turning to conversation pits as a renewed symbol of intimacy in interior design. Whatever happens next, stay in the know with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading and more.
Responding to changing preferences for remote working, residential real estate developers are integrating elevated work-from-home amenities into new luxury rental properties across the country. New features include private offices, conference rooms, task lighting, wall-mounted monitors, podcasting booths and high-speed internet, the cost of which is either included in the rent or available for an additional fee. As The New York Times reports, the move is part of a trend accelerated by the pandemic, in which developers have started adding space for offices and work equipment in new construction. The demand for such features can only continue to grow: according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year, 59% of employees are still working remotely, and 78% of this group want to continue to do so after the pandemic. , compared to 64% two years ago.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price for an existing U.S. home hit $416,000 in June, the highest since records began in 1999. The Wall Street Journal reports. Recent market conditions have led to a slowdown in activity, with almost 15% of home purchase deals on hold, at a rate not seen since the pandemic disruption of April 2020. Although demand remains sustained for now, with properties remaining on the market for an average of 14 days last month (the shortest period since 2011), purchases could fall in the coming months if mortgage applications continue to fall as they have done so for the past three consecutive years. weeks. Currently, applications are at their lowest level in 22 years, in part due to interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve aimed at curbing inflation.
Operations have resumed at the Port of Oakland after a week of protests that left cargo stranded on ships, docks and warehouses, straining the supply chain and prompting some ships to reroute to different ports, Reuters reports. The protests began last week in response to California’s new “gig worker” law, which would require many businesses that rely on self-employed workers to reclassify those independent contractors as employees – a distinction that, according to owners of truck companies who protest, would force them to bear heavy additional costs. . Port leaders and police have now restricted protesters to designated ‘free speech zones’, allowing cargo shipments to restart at California’s third-busiest port and busiest agricultural export hub .
Construction startup Vantem has announced plans to build 15 factories across the United States by 2029 to manufacture prefab modular housing units, Archinect reports. The expansion will be fueled by capital from the company’s recent Series A funding round, led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, founded by Bill Gates, and will allow Vantem to expand production of its proprietary design – a product of low cost, net zero construction that does not require steel or wood reinforcements. Joining startups like Vancouver’s Nexii Building Solutions and Bjarke Ingels’ Nabr in the race to disrupt the construction industry, Vantem expects each of the new facilities to produce 1 million square feet of homes per year.
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The Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design has launched the third season of its podcast Traces of matter. The new iteration will explore the “mysteries of the mycelium” as a mycologist John Michelotti trips to the Catskill Mountains to study the properties of fungi and their potential to produce healthier housing, materials and food systems.
Pottery Barn has launched The Accessible Home, a new product line focused on inclusive design that aims to serve people with disabilities or injuries, as well as the aging community on site. The collection includes a range of bathroom, upholstery, office, dining room, bedroom and lighting products with added accessibility features, for example, the Irving remote control recliner and desk Pacific wheelchair accessible.
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husband and wife duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz of The Novogratz has partnered with Bed, Bath & Beyond for a curated collection of back-to-college items. The colorful product line includes furniture, decor, bedding and bathware solutions suitable for dorms, apartments and small living spaces.
Shutterfly partners with four influencers, TikTok’s viral personality Brittany Broskientrepreneur and dating expert Serena Kerriganactor and author Elsa Majimboand actor and digital creator chris olson—for the launch of a new initiative called the Shutterfly Collective. The program will pair each social media personality with an independent artist on Spoonflower, the home decor marketplace owned by Shutterfly, to create a limited-edition capsule collection, featuring original designs on coffee mugs, blankets, journals and pillows.
Collectible art and design fair Salon Art + Design has announced the list of exhibitors for the 11th edition of the event, which will be held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from November 10-14. Along with a mix of returning exhibitors, new additions to this year’s cohort include Armel Soyer, Boccara Gallery, Galerie Artempo, Galerie Carole Decombe, Galerie Scene Ouverte, Galerie Yves Gastou, Garde and Le Lab.
When Laura Mauldin, a sociology professor at the University of Connecticut who studies caregiving and living with a disability, began conducting research remotely during the pandemic, she noticed the ingenious ways in which people with disabilities hacked into their workspaces. life. Using household items like zip ties, painter’s tape and dry erase boards, they created accessible furniture, rooms and appliances to better meet their daily needs. The discovery led to the creation of Disability at Home, a website that exposes the ableist approach of mainstream design companies, which do not provide adequate options for people with disabilities, such as Nate Berg reports for fast company. “We don’t want innovation. We want infrastructure”, defender of disability and design liz jackson recount fast company. “The way we often talk about disability is that it’s not really about the solution, but more about the promise. So what happens when you start asking what the solution is without any techno-utopian promise? »
A new generation of first-time home buyers has emerged during the pandemic, with recent research by Freddie Mac revealing that the federally-backed mortgage lender has funded the highest level of loans for first-time buyers since it began tracking these measures in 1994. As Demsas of Jerusalem written for Atlanticthis push combined with uncertain market conditions could indicate the rise of a new class of NIMBY, an acronym for Not In My Backyard – a phenomenon emerging in part due to homeowners desperately trying to maintain the value of their property.
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Sister Parish Design fabrics, wallpapers and lifestyle products are now available in Palm Beach, Florida through an exclusive partnership with full-service showroom Well Made Home. Professional customers and customers without a design license in the region will be able to purchase the brand’s items in person, with the selection available including best-selling fabric prints as well as new introductions, as well as performance fabrics, wallcoverings in grass fabric and hand-painted wallpapers.
Designer and industry leader Scott Kohler, founder of North Carolina-based design/build company Dream Kitchen Builders, has died. As an industry veteran and licensed contractor for 28 years, Koehler was active with the National Kitchen & Bath Association, reports KBB Online, and held accreditations as a Certified Kitchen Designer and the National Association of Home. Builders. Koehler has also been recognized for his significant contributions to the industry: in 2020, he was honored as a commendable pick in the NKBA’s Person of the Year contest. Koehler is survived by his wife, Gwen; his extended family; and his grandson.
Homepage photo: This week, Pottery Barn launched The Accessible Home, a new product line focused on inclusive design that aims to serve people with disabilities or injuries, as well as the aging community on site. | Courtesy of Pottery Barn